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The capital and largest city of Wales, in the southeast part on Bristol Channel. A prosperous coal-shipping port in the 1800s and early 1900s, it is now an educational and industrial center.


1. (Placename) the capital of Wales, situated in the southeast, in Cardiff county borough: formerly an important port; seat of the Welsh assembly (1999); university (1883). Pop: 346 100 (2011)
2. (Placename) a county borough in SE Wales, created in 1996 from part of South Glamorgan. Pop: 345 400 (2011 est). Area: 139 sq km (54 sq miles)
Welsh name: Caerdydd


(ˈkɑr dɪf)

a seaport in South Glamorgan, in SE Wales. 300,000.
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Noun1.Cardiff - the capital and largest city of Wales
Cambria, Cymru, Wales - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; during Roman times the region was known as Cambria
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Nine died all together, and of the four survivors none understood navigation; when at last they took heart again and could handle a sail, they made a course by the stars roughly northward and were already short of food once more when they fell in with a petrol-driven ship from Rio to Cardiff, shorthanded by reason of the Purple Death and glad to take them aboard.
The people were in a state of panic in Cardiff and many had fled to the hills, and directly the steamer came to the harbour she was boarded and her residue of food impounded by some unauthenticated Provisional Committee.
In this it differs from Liverpool, from Cardiff, from Newcastle, from Glasgow; and therein the Thames differs from the Mersey, from the Tyne, from the Clyde.
Cardiff Hill, beyond the village and above it, was green with vegetation and it lay just far enough away to seem a Delectable Land, dreamy, reposeful, and inviting.
And yet William the Red, and Henry, his second and third brothers, were successively preferred to him by the voice of the nation, Robert had every merit which can be pleaded for Richard; he was a bold knight, a good leader, generous to his friends and to the church, and, to crown the whole, a crusader and a conqueror of the Holy Sepulchre; and yet he died a blind and miserable prisoner in the Castle of Cardiff, because he opposed himself to the will of the people, who chose that he should not rule over them.
Bristol and Cardiff Double Lights (those statelily inclined beams over Severnmouth) are dead ahead of us; for we keep the Southern Winter Route.
The last good-bye to the wife had been at Cardiff, twenty-eight months before, when he sailed for Valparaiso with coals--nine thousand tons and down to his marks.
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In a sense, the walks supplement Surrealism's engagement with photography and film--its confrontation of the uncanny dimension of mechanical reproduction--with a post-'60s attentiveness to the embodiment of her spectators (achieved in part through the astonishingly realistic trompes d'oreilles Cardiff generates with binaural recording).
CARDIFF, Wales - Like a ghost from the past, the weak beam of light from the headlamp on my helmet came to rest on a name placard: ``Shadow.
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